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Beethoven Unleashed: Hero

Donald Macleod explores the triumphs, friends and foes of Beethoven’s ‘heroic’ phase.

This week, Donald Macleod follows Ludwig van Beethoven through the years of 1804-1806; the beginning of what many commentators have called his ‘heroic’ phase. Having weathered a profound psychological crisis, triggered by his failing hearing, Beethoven now throws himself into his composing with renewed energy and strength of spirit. However, that same passionate nature also leads to frequent conflicts.
Composer of the Week is returning to the story of Beethoven’s life and music throughout 2020. Part of Radio 3’s Beethoven Unleashed season marking the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth.

Music Featured:
Variations on an original theme, Op 35 ‘Eroica Variations’
Symphony No 3 ‘Eroica’
String Quartet, Op 59 No 1, ‘Rasumovsky’,
Violin Sonata in A major, Op 47 ‘Kreutzer’
Romance in F, Op 50
Piano Sonata No 13, Op 27 No 1
An die Hoffnung, Op 32
Piano Sonata No 15, Op 28 ‘Pastorale’
Piano Concerto No 4
Leonore (1806 version) Act 1, “O wär ich schon mit dir vereint”
Piano Sonata No 22 in F, Op 54
Leonore (1806 version) Act II, Quartet “Er sterbe!”
Violin Sonata Op 12 No 1, II. Tema con variazioni: Andante con moto
Leonore (1806 version) Act II, Duet “O namenlose Freude!”
Leonore Overture No 3, Op 72b
Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op 102 No 1
Bagatelle in B minor, Op 126 No 4
String Quartet in F, Op 59 No 1
Piano Sonata No 23, Op 57 ‘Appassionata’
Violin Concerto, Op 61
6 Ecossaises, WoO 83
Piano Concerto No 3,
String Quartet Op 59 No 3

Presented by Donald Macleod
Produced by Chris Taylor for BBC Wales

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Beethoven Unleashed: Return to Form

Donald Macleod explores the enduring power, pathos and innovation of Beethoven’s late string quartets with guests Laura Tunbridge and Edward Dusinberre.

Just two years before he died, Beethoven returned to an old treasured form, the string quartet. The five quartets he ended up writing would come to be his final major works, and would change the paradigm beyond recognition. Though dismissed by audiences in their day, their composition is now considered a pivotal moment not only in Beethoven’s life, but in the history of classical music. Donald is joined by musicologist Laura Tunbridge, and violinist Edward Dusinberre of the Takács Quartet, to discuss these extraordinary, watershed works that have bewildered and beguiled listeners ever since their creation. Throughout the week, they focus on each of the five late quartets, uncovering the stories, circumstances and conversations that surround them.

Composer of the Week is returning to the story of Beethoven’s life and music throughout 2020. Part of Radio 3’s Beethoven Unleashed season marking the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth.

Music Featured:
String Quartet No 12 in E flat, Op 127
Symphony No 9 (Finale, part 1)
Bagatelle in E flat, Op 126 No 3
String Quartet in A minor, Op 132
Fidelio, Act I: ‘Abscheulicher, wo eilst du hin?‘
String Quartet in B flat major, Op 130
Piano Sonata in G major, Op 79
Grosse Fuge, Op 133
Piano Sonata No 30, Op 109 (1st movement)
String Quartet in C sharp minor, Op 131
Lob auf der Dicken, WoO 100
Falstafferel, WoO 184
String Quartet in F major, Op 135
Coriolan Overture, Op 62

Presented by Donald Macleod
Produced by Amelia Parker for BBC Wales

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Beethoven Unleashed: New Pathways

Donald Macleod continues his journey through the life of Ludwig van Beethoven.

In this week’s episode, Donald Macleod traces Beethoven’s story through the momentous years of 1802 and 1803. It was a time that saw remarkable developments in Beethoven’s creativity as he pursued a self-declared ‘new path’ for his music. He undertook his most ambitious works yet, pouring his whole self into his art. At the same time his personal life was reaching a crisis point that would plunge him to the darkest depths of despair and threaten to ruin all his carefully laid plans for the future.

Composer of the Week is returning to the story of Beethoven’s life and music throughout 2020. Part of Radio 3’s Beethoven Unleashed season marking the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth.

Music Featured:
Symphony No.4, IV. Allegro ma non troppo
Piano Sonata No 21 in C major, Op 53 ‘Waldstein’, II & III
Septet Op. 20, III. Tempo di Menuetto
Sonata in G major for violin and piano, Op 30 No 3, II. Tempo di minuetto
6 Variations on an original theme in F major, Op 34
Piano Sonata No 17, Op.31 No.2 ‘The Tempest’, III. Allegretto
Missa Solemnis: Kyrie
Symphony No.2, Movts. III & IV
Violin Sonata in A major Op.47 ‘Kreutzer’, II. Larghetto.
Variations in Eb Op.35 ‘Eroica’, final movt.
March (Fidelio, Act 1)
Romance for violin and orchestra No 1, Op 40
5 Variations on “Rule Britannia” WoO 79
Christ on the Mount of Olives (extract)
Symphony No.3 ‘Eroica’, IV.Finale
String Quartet No 1 in F Op 18 No 1, III. Scherzo
Violin Sonata in G major Op 30 No 3, I. Allegro assai
Piano Sonata No 18 in E flat major, Op 31 No 3
String Quintet in C, Op 29, I.Allegro moderato
Gellert Lieder, VI. Busslied
Piano Sonata No 17, Op.31 No.2 ‘The Tempest’, II. Adagio
Quintet for piano and winds Op 16. III. Rondo
Andante Favori WoO 57
Violin Sonata in A major Op 47 ‘Kreutzer’ I. Adagio sostenuto – Presto
Piano Sonata No 21 in C major Op 53 ‘Waldstein’, I. Allegro con brio

Presented by Donald Macleod
Produced by Chris Taylor for BBC Wales

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Beethoven Unleashed: Beethoven and the Voice

Donald Macleod explores Beethoven’s vocal music with Iain Burnside and Simone Young.

In this week’s episode, Donald Macleod and his guests discuss some personal favourites from Beethoven’s vocal music, taking in the giants of choral repertory like the Missa Solemnis and the ninth symphony, his opera Fidelio and orchestral vocal music, as well as relishing the astonishing variety of his song-writing, from the song cycle An die Ferne Geliebte and the most profoundly moving vocal masterpieces, to a comic song most likely dashed off to amuse friends in a bar.

Composer of the Week will be returning to the story of Beethoven’s life and music throughout 2020. Part of Radio 3’s Beethoven Unleashed season marking the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth.

Music Featured:
Christus am Ölberge, Op 85
Ein Selbstgespräch, WoO 144
Adelaide, Op 46
Funeral Cantata on the Death of Emperor Joseph II
Christus am Olberge, Op 85
Aus Goethes Faust, Op 75, No 3
Der Wachtelschlag, WoO 129
L’amante impaziente, Op 82 (a pair of settings)
Ah Perfido!, Op 65
Mass in C, Op 86 (Gloria, Sanctus & Benedictus)
Klage, WoO 112
Neue Liebe, neues Leben, WoO 127
Fantasia for Piano, Choir and Orchestra in C minor op 80
Music, Love and Wine, Op 108, No 1
La Tiranna, WoO 125
Fidelio (Act 1), O welche Lust, in freier Luft (Prisoner’s Chorus)
Fidelio (Act 1, Abscheulicher! Wo eilst du hin?
Fidelio (Act 2), Introduction and Aria Gott! Welch’ Dunkel hier! In des Lebens Frühlingstagen
An die Hoffnung, Op 94
Maigesang (Mailied), Op 52, No 4
Three Lieder to poems by Goethe, Op 83
Der glorreiche Augenblick, Op 136 (Final chorus: Es treten hervor die Scharen der Frauen)
Cantata on the Accession of Leopold II, WoO 88, Fliesse, Wonnezähre, fliesse!
An die ferne geliebte, Op 98
Meerestille und glückliche Fahrt, Op 112
Der Kuss, Op 128
Abendlied unter dem gestirnten Himmel, WoO 150
Missa Solemnis in D major, Op 123, Credo
Symphony No 9 (4th movement)

Presented by Donald Macleod
Produced by Johannah Smith for BBC Wales

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Beethoven Unleashed: Fate

Donald Macleod continues his journey through the life of Ludwig van Beethoven.

In this week’s episode, Donald Macleod traces Beethoven’s story through the years 1799-1801. As he reaches his thirtieth birthday, we see Beethoven finally emerging as a mature composer and beginning to produce the enduring works that will mark him out as one of the great artists of his age. But there are clouds on the horizon too, and we see the first intimations of a serious problem with his hearing.

Composer of the Week will be returning to the story of Beethoven’s life and music throughout 2020. Part of Radio 3’s Beethoven Unleashed season marking the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth.

Music featured:
Piano Concerto No 3, III. Rondo
Piano Sonata No 10 in G major, Op 14, No 2
Music: Symphony No 1, IV. Adagio – Allegro molto e vivace
Septet Op. 20 (movts 4-6)
Piano Sonata No 13 in Eb major, op 27 No 1, I. Andante
String Quartet Op 18, No 3, I. Allegro, II. Andante con moto)
Piano Sonata No 11 in Bb, Op 22 III. Minuetto & IV. Rondo
Violin Sonata Op 23
Piano Sonata No.8 in C minor Op. 13 ‘Pathetique’
String Quintet in C, Op 29, II Adagio molto espressivo & IV. Presto
Symphony No.5, IV. Allegro
Symphony No 3 ‘Eroica’, III. Scherzo
Horn Sonata Op 17
Cello Sonata Op 5 No 2, I. Adagio sostenuto e espressivo & II. Allegro molto più tosto presto
Piano Sonata No 15 in D, Op 28 ‘Pastoral’, I. Allegro
Piano Sonata No 14 in C# minor, Op 27 No 2 ‘Moonlight’
String Quartet Op 18 No 1, II. Adagio affettuoso ed appassionato
Prometheus (extracts from the complete Ballet Music)

Presented by Donald Macleod
Produced by Chris Taylor for BBC Wales

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Beethoven Unleashed: At the Keyboard

Pianist Jonathan Biss shares the wonder of Beethoven’s piano sonatas with Donald Macleod.

Recorded at the piano, in the Angela Burgess Recital Hall at the Royal Academy of Music in London, Jonathan shares his life-long passion for Beethoven with Donald. As they talk, he demonstrates how and why Beethoven’s piano sonatas advanced the genre far beyond anything that anyone had ever achieved previously. As they talk we will gain a performer’s perspective of Beethoven’s developmental trajectory.

Composer of the Week will be returning to the story of Beethoven’s life and music throughout 2020. Part of Radio 3’s Beethoven Unleashed season marking the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth.

Music featured:

Piano Sonata No 2 in A major, Op 2 No 2
Sonata No 4 in E flat major, Op 7 (Grande sonate)
Piano Concerto No 2 in B flat major
Piano sonata No 15 in D, Op 28 (Pastorale)
Piano Sonata No 17 in D minor, Op 31 No 2 (The Tempest)
Piano Sonata No 23 in F minor, Op 57 (Appassionata)
Piano Sonata No 21 in C major, Op 53 (Waldstein)
Piano Sonata No 30 in E major, Op 109 (excerpt)
Piano Sonata No 31 in A flat major, Op 110
Piano Sonata No 5 in C minor, Op 10 no 1
Piano Sonata No 12 in A flat major, Op 26
Piano Sonata No 17 in D minor, Op 31 No 2 (The Tempest)
Piano Sonata “quasi una fantasia”, Op 27 (Moonlight)
Piano Sonata No 20 in G major, Op 49 No 2
Piano Sonata No 3 in C major, Op 2
Piano Sonata No 27 in E minor, Op 90
Piano Sonata No 32 in C minor, Op 111

Presented by Donald Macleod
Produced by Johannah Smith for BBC Wales

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Beethoven Unleashed: The Drawing Room Demon

Donald Macleod follows Beethoven’s progress as he seeks out wealthy Viennese patrons for his music.

This week, Donald Macleod follows Beethoven through the years 1796-99, as the young composer learns to negotiate the privileged and moneyed circles of Vienna’s culture-loving aristocracy. Few can resist his extraordinary charisma as a virtuoso pianist but will he also be able to persuade them of his talents as a composer? In this episode, Beethoven undertakes his first international tour, reluctantly accepts piano students, puts his music before a wider public and starts work on his ambitious first symphony.

Composer of the Week will be returning to the story of Beethoven’s life and music throughout 2020. Part of Radio 3’s Beethoven Unleashed season marking the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth.

Music featured:
Piano Sonata No 5 in C minor, Op 10 No 1
Piano Trio Op 1 No 1
March for four hands, Op 45 No 2
12 Variations on a Russian dance by Wranitzky, WoO 71
String Quartet op 18 no 6, mvts. III & IV
Piano Sonata No 5 in C minor, Op 10 No 1
Sextet Op 71
Ah! Perfido
Cello Sonata Op 5 No 1
Quintet for piano and winds, Op 16
Piano Sonata No 4, Op 7
Violin Sonata, Op 12 No 2
String Quartet, Op 18 No 4
Piano Trio Op 1 No 1
Piano Sonata No 7, Op 10 No 3
Romance in F, Op 50
Duet for two obbligato eye-glasses, Woo 32
String Quartet Op 18 No 1
Violin Sonata, Op 12 No 3
Piano Sonata No 6 in F, Op 10
Zärtliche Liebe, WoO 123
Trio in B flat major, Op 11
Symphony No 1 in C

Presented by Donald Macleod
Produced by Chris Taylor for BBC Wales

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Beethoven Unleashed: At Home

Donald Macleod and Erica Buurman examine some of Beethoven’s personal possessions at the Beethoven-Haus in Bonn.

This week, Donald Macleod takes us to Beethoven’s home town of Bonn and the Beethoven-Haus museum which now occupies the building where he was born. Donald is joined by Erica Buurman, director of the Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies, and together they explore some of the everyday objects and household artefacts owned by the composer to see what they can tell us about how he lived. We’ll hear about Beethoven’s hearing aids and the onset of his hearing loss. Next, with his personal cashbox, they talk about his relationship with money and the world of business. We’ll discover Beethoven’s domestic circumstances by inspecting his cut-throat razor, and his walking stick and writing desk shine a light on his everyday processes. Finally, Donald and Erica compare various samples of the composer’s hair.

Composer of the Week will be returning to the story of Beethoven’s life and music throughout 2020. Part of Radio 3’s Beethoven Unleashed season marking the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth.

Music featured:
Bagatelles Op 126, Nos 1 & 6
Trio for Clarinet, Cello & Piano Op 38
Overture, The Consecration of the House Op 124
Wellington’s Victory (Part II)
Piano Sonata No 9 in E, Op 14 No.1
Triple Concerto
Cello Sonata in A, Op 69
Missa Solemnis (Agnus Dei)
Sonata No 29 in Bb, Op 106 ‘Hammerklavier’
Aus Goethes Faust, Op 75, No 3
Symphony No 6
String Quintet in Eb Op 4
Mailied, Op 52 No 4
String Quartet Op 59 No 2
Trauerkantate auf den Tod Kaiser Josephs II, No 3 Aria, “Da stiegen die Menschen an’s Licht”
Grosse Fugue (arr. Piano, 4 hands) Op 134
Piano Trio Op 1 No 3
Symphony No 1
Mass in C (Kyrie)

Presented by Donald Macleod
Produced by Chris Taylor for BBC Wales

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Florence Price

Donald Macleod uncovers the story and prolific output of American composer Florence Price.

Florence Price became a highly successful classical composer, organist, pianist and teacher of music during the twentieth century in America. She was the first African-American woman to be recognised as a composer of symphonic music, and also the first African-American woman to have her works performed by one of the world’s leading orchestras. In collaboration with the Arts and Humanities Research Council, BBC Radio 3 launched the Forgotten Women Composers Project. Championed by the composer and educator Shirley Thompson, Florence Price became a particular focus for the project. Scores by Florence Price were located and recorded by BBC Orchestras and Choirs. It will be the first time Florence Price has been featured on Composer of the Week, and the series is supplemented by many specially recorded works. Over the course of the episode, we’ll hear about the impact racial prejudice and marriage had on her life and career, her battles for recognition, ultimate fame, and her prolific output, despite health issues late in life.

Music featured:
The Deserted Garden
Sonata in E minor (Andante – Allegro)
Suite for Organ No 1 (Fughetta and Air)
The Oak
Violin Concerto No 2
My Dream
Cotton Dance
The Old Boatman
The Moon Bridge
My Soul’s been anchored in the Lord
Symphony No 1 in E minor
Song for Snow
Sinner Don’t Let This Harvest Pass
Poem of Praise
Piano Concerto in D minor
Dances in the Canebrakes
Suite for Organ No 1 (Toccata)
Sonata in E minor (Andante)
Sympathy
The Glory of the day was in her face
Resignation
Symphony No 3
The Goblin and the Mosquito
Concert Overture No 2
Five Folksongs in Counterpoint (Drink to me only with thine eyes)
Night
My Soul’s Been Anchored in the Lord
Violin Concerto No 1 in D major

Presented by Donald Macleod
Produced by Luke Whitlock for BBC Wales

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